Protein is all the rage right now – headlines from major news outlets highlight the fact that most Americans aren’t getting enough of this valuable nutrient. But what does protein do exactly and why is it so beneficial? And the most important question, how can you incorporate it into your diet?
Let’s start with a quick overview of this power nutrient. Protein is a vital nutrient your body needs to build and maintain muscle and bone. It also helps you feel full longer which helps provide stable energy throughout your day and can help in weight management. While each person is different, it is vital to get the proper amount of protein into your diet.
When most people think protein, they think of hearty meats and beans, and they would be right. But I am here to tell you that dairy is also an excellent (and inexpensive!) source of high quality protein. Adding dairy to your diet to increase your protein intake is a surefire way to meet your needs. Did you know that one serving of dairy provides 8 grams of protein? So when you are drinking your morning latte, you are not only getting the caffeine you need to start your day, but you are also getting a healthy dose of protein to help keep you full until lunch!
Speaking of a morning latte – it is extremely important to include protein into your morning routine. Whether that is a yogurt parfait, two eggs topped with some cheese, or a latte and a piece of whole wheat toast, the protein component of your breakfast will help keep you full and energized all morning.
As you can see, getting in the recommended protein is easy and delicious! To learn more about protein, take a look at our Protein Tip Sheets and visit NationalDairyCouncil.org.